10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Club Sandwich (2015 Feature Film)

Fernando Eimbcke | Mexico | 2013 | 82 min | Spanish

During a lazy vacation by a swimming pool, the first cracks appear in a tight mother-son relationship when adolescent Hector falls in love. The mother - an endlessly inspiring theme for director Eimbcke - reacts amusedly and obstreperously to the inevitable friction caused by the budding romance.

Lethargic adolescents have been shown by Fernando Eimbcke in the past (Lake Tahoe). In his third film, it had to be different. During his research, Eimbcke came across plenty of adolescent anxiety. Their mothers, however, turned out to be a inexhaustible source of amazement, love and humour.

Club Sandwich starts with the classic ingredients for a delightful vacation for mother Paloma and fifteen-year-old son Hector. A swimming pool in a Mexican resort, snacks and drinks served by the pool. In the course of the sweltering pool-side days, Paloma sees her best friend slowly grow out of childhood. Hector meets his contemporary Jazmin and the secluded corners of the resort are ideal for a surreptitious grope.

Paloma’s peevish response to her son’s new behaviour and her determination not to lose the fight for attention are as tragic as they are comical. Eimbcke combines a sultry summer vacation with the contradictions familiar to all parents: let go or cling on?

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 03/25/2015

Time: 21:00:00

Duration: 01:45:00

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 03/26/2015

Time: 16:15:00

Duration: 01:45:00

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 03/29/2015

Time: 12:30:00

Duration: 01:45:00

Year in



Fernando Eimbcke


María Secco


Lucio Giménez Cacho
María Renée Prudencio
Danae Reynaud




Mariana Rodríguez




82 min


Christian Valdelièvre
Jaime B. Ramos

Production Company

Cine Pantera

Production Design

Eugenio Caballero


Funny Balloons


Fernando Eimbcke

Sound Design

Lena Esquenazi

Year of Production


Fernando EIMBCKE (1970, Mexico) studied at the University Centre of Cinematographic Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He has directed numerous music videos and short films. With his feature debut, Duck Season (2004), Eimbcke won seven Mayahuel Awards at the Guadalajara Mexican and Iberoamerican Film Festival. His second film, Lake Tahoe, was awarded the FIPRESCI prize in Berlin. Club Sandwich is his third film, and was elected Best Film at the Torino Film Festival.